Riyadh: The US Senate resolution which aimed to put an end to the military support for a Riyadh-led war in Yemen, and which held the Saudi crown prince responsible for Journalist Khashoggi’s death was considered an ‘interference’ by Saudi Arabia.
The US Senate on December 13 rebuked President Donald Trump and unanimously voted to put an end to the US military support for the war in Yemen. The war in Yemen has claimed the lives of thousands of people and the United Nations has declared the country to be in a world’s most dire humanitarian crisis. “The current relationship with Saudi Arabia is not working,” said Senate Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who opposed the Yemen resolution but called the crown prince “so toxic, so tainted, so flawed” after the Khashoggi’s killing that “you’re never going to have a relationship with the United States Senate unless things change.”
The Saudi ministry had stated that despite the Crown Prince’s tireless efforts to ensure peaceful ties between the US and Saudi Arabia, the American officials have diminished the ‘stature’ of Mohammed bin Salman by their statements. Nevertheless, Riyadh ministry has reminded Washington that the bilateral ties between the countries will not be compromised.
Independent Senate Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who co-sponsored the Yemen resolution with Republican Senate Mike Lee of Utah, called the passage a “historic moment.” Frustrated with the crown prince and the White House, several Republicans chose to support the Yemen resolution. Mike Lee said Khashoggi’s death focused attention “on the fact that we have been led into this civil war in Yemen half a world away” and “we’ve done so following the lead” of Saudi Arabia.
Slain Journalist Khashoggi, a trenchant critic of the crown prince, relocated to Virginia and wrote op-eds for The Washington Post daily. He was allegedly killed by Saudi operatives inside the Istanbul consulate on October 2, triggering global condemnation.
(With Agency inputs)